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Watch Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, And Brandy Celebrate Mississippi Activists In “Optimistic” Video

A few weeks ago came the announcement that Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins, had banded together to create a new group called August Greene. And with the announcement came a cover Sounds of Blackness‘ “Optimistic,” which features Brandy.

READ: Common, Robert Glasper, And Karriem Riggins Announce New Group, Song With Brandy

Now, the group has released the music video for the track.

Filmed in Jackson, Mississippi, over Martin Luther King Day weekend, the video features activists from he city such as Hollis Watkins, Frankye Adams Johnson, Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and the Maddrama Performance Group.

The scenes transition from performance clips of August Greene and Brandy to the activists and other Jackson residents going about their daily lives. The video then concludes with a group of black children raising their fists in the air.

August Greene’s self-titled debut album is slated to drop March 9 via Amazon Original.

Last year Common received his first Emmy Award for co-writing “A Letter to the Free” for Ava DuVernay‘s 13th documentary, which he worked on alongside Glasper and Riggins.

The group also performed at the White House for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert session, which included guest appearances from Keyon Harold, Derrick Hodge, and Bilal. The performance included a rendition of Common’s classic song “I Used To Love H.E.R.” as well as selections from his 11th studio album, Black America Again.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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